Boot JDK used with jdk7 builds

Kelly O'Hair kelly.ohair at
Fri Jun 3 16:16:21 UTC 2011

On Jun 3, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Dr Andrew John Hughes wrote:

> On 08:57 Fri 03 Jun     , Kelly O'Hair wrote:
>> The documented Boot JDK to be used when building JDK7 repositories is JDK6 Update 18, as listed here
>> However, as many people know, JDK releases newer than JDK6u18 should always work, and some older ones can work too.
>> Variations in build dependencies can sometimes create unwanted differences between builds by different developers
>> or build systems, so our tendency is to minimize these variations, but by doing so, we run a risk that we don't
>> see what does not work. 
>> If you have any incidents where particular JDKs can or cannot be used as the Boot JDK for JDK7, please let us know.
>> -kto
> And OpenJDK6 works.  Is there any reason this is not recommended rather than a proprietary product?

Interesting thought. Of course OpenJDK6 requires a JDK to build too. :^(
Not that changing JDK7 is very likely right now, but moving forward, I like this idea.

Not sure what the current status is on providing OpenJDK6 or OpenJDK7 binary bundles for all
the platforms is right now. On Linux, the solution is simple if the distro provides the binaries.


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